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Time is a brutal enemy of youth and exuberance. Time makes cynics of us all. Time is the universal truth serum that reveals all authenticity. Time will tell, but the announcement yesterday by Google may change the faces of AJAX development, strike that, Google's announcement may change web development for evermore. This cynic heard an announcement yesterday that changed his viewpoint and beliefs on the future of web development. Certainly, in the recent past, the chances of doing an entire application in AJAX seemed remote for the vast sea of developers. The thought of writing a rich application in JavaScript, for most developers, is total anathema - akin to having one's body shaved and thrust into a pool of warm alcohol. Please don’t write and plead for a change in my aversion to writing metric tons of JavaScript, for my heart isn't in it  - as most developers' ... (more)

GWT: The Most Important Announcement at JavaOne?

Time is a brutal enemy of youth and exuberance. Time makes cynics of us all. Time is the universal truth serum that reveals all authenticity. Time will tell, but the announcement at JavaOne 2006 by Google may change the face of AJAX development; strike that, Google's announcement may change Web development forevermore. This cynic heard an announcement at JavaOne that changed his viewpoint and beliefs on the future of Web development. Certainly, in the recent past, the chances of doing an entire application in AJAX seemed remote for the vast sea of developers. The thought of writi... (more)

Developing with DCOM & Java

Developing distributed components with Java and DCOM (distributed component object model) simplifies developing distributed applications. If you know CORBA or RMI, DCOM is easy to learn. Microsoft's Java Virtual Machine makes developing COM and DCOM components painless. DCOM currently ships with the Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 98 operating systems. It's also available for download for the Windows 95 operating system. In addition, there are efforts to make DCOM available on a number of UNIX platforms. Many of the Java application server providers, such as BEA's WebLogic J... (more)

How to Use COM/DCM: Part Two

Part One of this article appeared in the July issue of JDJ (Vol. 4, issue 7) How can Java classes be used as scriptable components? DCOM, like CORBA, provides both static and dynamic invocation of objects. DCOM uses type library to provide metadata to do the dynamic invocation and introspection similar to CORBA's interface repository or Java's introspection mechanism. IDispatch, a standard COM interface that supports Automation (late binding), is great for scripting languages such as Perl, Python, VBScript, JScript and so on. The Microsoft JVM implements IDispatch automatically for... (more)

Python Programming in the JVM

What This Series Is About This article is Part 2 of a series that discusses the many languages that compile and/or run on the Java platform. This is an interactive series. Java Developer's Journal invites you to vote for your favorite non-Java programming language in the JDJ Forum. Your vote will decide which languages will be covered by the series, and in what order. The last time I checked, JPython and NetRexx were neck and neck. NetRexx, though not mentioned previously, will be covered in the next article. There are some great languages that I didn't mention last month, but as ... (more)